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W.Va. State Police find man stabbed to death

January 08, 2001

W.Va. State Police find man stabbed to death



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - State Police Monday were investigating a fatal stabbing in Berkeley County, although no name had been released pending notification of next of kin.

"We're treating it as a homicide," said Trooper William Lemon of the incident. "But as of this time, we really don't know what we've got."

A spokesman for the State Police said the incident occurred early Monday morning on Naomi Lane, off Opequon Road. He did not have a specific address.

The incident involved a black male in his mid-30s, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely Monday night.

"The circumstances of it make it look like a murder, but it may be suicide or something else, such as a self-defense incident," Games-Neely said. "When officers first arrived, they initially thought it was a murder, but the more they came up with, the more they weren't sure."

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She said she will not know the circumstances of the death until the medical examiner provides her with an autopsy report, perhaps as early as today.

Lemon said he was called to the home at an undisclosed location Monday morning.

"I knocked on the door, got no answer and looked in a window and saw a man lying on the floor in a pool of blood," Lemon said. "I had to use forced entry to get in the house."

Once there, he saw the man with a knife in his chest and several other knife wounds.

Games-Neely said officers were still checking on blood work and on the identity of the person who called police to check on the welfare of the person. She said a woman was in the house when officers arrived, but she apparently had not made the call. Games-Neely said she was called on the matter at about 8:15 a.m.

"It doesn't appear to be a domestic" violence incident, she said.

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